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History-seeking Tiger Roll heads 105 entries for 2020 Randox Health Grand National

Press Release 29th January 2020 Aintree

History seeker Tiger Roll headlines 105 entries for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, 4 April, details of which are revealed today.

The Randox Health Grand National is the world’s richest Jump race and takes place for the 173rd time this year at 5.15pm on day three of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Saturday, 4 April.

In 2019, Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals and the 10-year-old now has the chance to become only horse to land three consecutive runnings of the world’s greatest chase.

Trained in Ireland by Gordon Elliott and owned by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud, Tiger Roll is due to begin his campaign in either the G2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan on 16 February or in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on 10 March, where he was won four times previously.

Tiger Roll is the 7/1 clear favourite with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

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Elliott accounts for 18 of the 45 Irish-trained entries in total, the most of any handler, as he chases a fourth success in the race. If victorious, he would emulate Fred Rimmell and Ginger McCain as the most successful trainer in Grand National history.

Elliott’s team also features leading Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup fancy Delta Work and the exciting novice Champagne Classic. Both horses are owned by Gigginstown House Stud.

Other G1 performers among the entries are Cheltenham Gold Cup heroes Native River (Colin Tizzard) and Sizing John (Jessica Harrington IRE), plus two-time Betfair Chase victor Bristol de Mai, one of seven contenders for dual Grand National-winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Irish Grand National victor Burrows Saint is one of 10 entries for Willie Mullins, who landed the spoils in 2005 with Hedgehunter. The Mullins contingent also includes last year’s impressive Randox Health Topham Chase victor Cadmium and recent Thyestes Chase scorer Total Recall.

Last year’s runner-up Magic Of Light (Jessica Harrington IRE) and impressive Munster National heroine Cabaret Queen (Willie Mullins IRE) are the pick of four mares engaged. No mare has won the Grand National since Nickel Coin in 1951.

Tiger Roll is not the only previous Randox Health Grand National winner among the entries, with that honour also held by One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell) who in 2017 became only the second Scottish-trained scorer after Rubstic in 1979. Only four horses have regained the Grand National – Red Rum (1973, 1974, 1977), Manifesto (1897 & 1899), The Lamb (1868 & 1871) and Peter Simple (1849 & 1853).

Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford) has an excellent record over the Grand National fences and fared best of the British-trained contenders in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National, finishing fourth. Walk In The Mill is a 20/1 chance with Betway.

The 10-year-old, who carries the colours of Baroness Dido Harding, captured the G3 Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase for the second time at Aintree in December, making him the first back-to-back winner of the race.

Trainer Robert Walford said: “Walk In The Mill came out of the Becher in great form and the intention now is to run him over hurdles at Chepstow on Friday.

“It will be good just to get him out on the course and that is why we are going to run at Chepstow.

“This will probably be his last fun before the Grand National. There are other races that we could run in, but I would like to go to Aintree with a fresh horse, so to run now suits our schedule.

“He has been a brilliant horse for me. He just seems to love those fences at Aintree and it is exciting to have a live Grand National contender on our hands.”

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Sue Smith, who tasted Grand National success in 2013 with Auroras Encore, has given Vintage Clouds an entry after his impressive victory in the G2 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock Park on 18 January. He is a 25/1 chance with Betway.

Vintage Clouds fell at the first in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National and was pulled up in the Randox Health Becher Chase following a bad mistake.

His owner Trevor Hemmings is the joint most successful in Grand National history with three wins – Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015).

Smith said: “After consideration we have decided to enter Vintage Clouds for the Grand National.

“Having discussed it at length with Trevor Hemmings [owner], we decided that having won so well in the Peter Marsh Chase, it was worth keeping our options open until nearer the time.

“He has slightly struggled over the Aintree fences, particularly in the Becher, but we want to keep all options on the table for the time being.

“He jumped superbly in the Peter Marsh and has come out of the race very well.”

Hemmings also has Lake View Lad (Nick Alexander) and Warriors Tale (Paul Nicholls), winner of the 2018 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences, engaged.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls ended his wait for Grand National glory in 2012 with Neptune Collonges. The Somerset handler’s six entries include Listed Badger Beers Silver Trophy victor Give Me A Copper, who is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Other high-profile entries include the JP McManus-owned pair of Kimberlite Candy (Tom Lacey) and Ok Corral (Nicky Henderson), who have started 2020 with coveted handicap chase successes at Warwick and Doncaster respectively, plus Welsh National hero Potters Corner (Christian Williams), who is part-owned by Wales rugby union international Jonathan Davies.

The two French-trained entries are Balko Moriviere (Jerome Larrigade) and Disco d’Authie (David Cottin). The two French-trained winners of the Grand National are Huntsman in 1862 and Cortolvin in 1867.

Weights for the Randox Health Grand National are unveiled before an invited audience at St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Tuesday, 11 February.

The Randox Health Grand National is the only race for which senior BHA chase handicapper Martin Greenwood is able to deviate from official ratings in allotting weights.

Betway’s Alan Alger: “Since crossing the line first in last year’s race, the extraordinary Tiger Roll has been perched at the top of the betting for the 2020 renewal and we are currently offering a top price of 7/1. Could he be the first horse to win the race three years in a row?

“Native River, the 2018 Gold Cup Winner, looks to have been campaigned for a crack at the Grand National and the Colin Tizzard trained gelding is available at 20/1 with us at Betway.

“Despite winning almost all there is to win in horse racing, the Grand National still eludes Nicky Henderson. This year, he has four horses entered in an attempt to break his duck and for the master trainer to win the race with any of his entrants is 10/1.”

Randox Health Grand National – Betway prices:

7/1 Tiger Roll

16/1 Burrows Saint, Kimberlite Candy

20/1 Delta Work, Elegant Escape, Le Breuil, Native River, Magic Of Light, Walk In The Mill

25/1 Definitly Red, Potters Corner, Total Recall, Vieux Lion Rouge, Vintage Clouds

33/1 Any Second Now, Beware The Bear, Borice, Bristol De Mai, Cadmium, Dalko Moriviere, Disco d’Authie, Give Me A Copper, Mall Dini, Ok Corral, One For Arthur, Pleasant Company, Shattered Love, Talkischeap, Voix Du Reve

40/1 Acapella Bourgeois, Activial, Alpha Des Obeaux, Anibale Fly, Aso, Ballyoptic, Champagne Classic, Missed Approach, Ramses De Teillee, Sizing John, Sub Lieutenant, Top Ville Ben, Yala Enki

50/1 Chef Des Obeaux, Chris’s Dream, Cogry, Death Duty, Dingo Dollar, Dragon D‘estruval, Fingerontheswitch, Fitzhenry, General Principle, Hogans Height, Jury Duty, Kildisart, Lake View Lad, Roaring Bull, Takingrisks, The Storyteller, Valtor

66/1 A Toi Phil, Class Conti, Lord Du Mesnil, Monbeg Notorious, Moonshine Bay, Out Sam, Peregrine Run, Poker Party, Prince Of Scars, Ravenhill, Regal Encore, Snugsborough Benny, Spider Web, The Hollow Ginge, The Young Master, Tout Est Permis, Townshend, Traffic Fluide, Warriors Tale, Yorkhill

80/1 Acting Lass, Ami Desbois, As De Mee, Atlanta Ablaze, Cabaret Queen

Crievehill, Dallas Des Pictons, Dounikos, Flying Angel, Heron Heights, Jett

Joe Farrell, Mister Whitaker, Noble Endeavor, Now Mcginty, Romain De Senam, Saint Xavier

100/1 Double Shuffle, Singlefarmpayment

150/1 Kilfilum Cross, Outlander, Princeton Royale, Rathlin Rose, Scoir Mear, Soupy Soups, Steely Addition

Randox Health Grand National 2020 Specials:

Nicky Henderson to trainer the winner?  (Beware The Bear, Ok Corral, Valtor, Dragon D’Estruval) 10/1

Female Ridden winner 16/1

The Randox Health Grand National

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 4, 2020. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards who, prior to March 17, have started in a chase during the current season and been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase with an official distance description of' two miles seven and a half furlongs' or more at any time during the horse's career. Horses must also be allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 9. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including February 9 would merit a minimum rating of 125. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 10. At the Handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Entries closes January 29 (105 entries), weights revealed February 11, first scratchings deadline February 25, second scratchings deadline March 17, five-day confirmations March 30, final declarations 10am April 2. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

A Toi Phil (FR)

10

Teme Valley 2

Gary Moore 

Acapella Bourgeois (FR)

10

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

Acting Lass (IRE)

9

Nigel & Barbara Collison

Harry Fry 

Activial (FR)

10

Roger Brookhouse

Tom George 

Alpha des Obeaux (FR)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Ami Desbois (FR)

10

The Reserved Judgment Partnership

Graeme McPherson 

Anibale Fly (FR)

10

J P McManus

Tony Martin IRE

Any Second Now (IRE)

8

J P McManus

Ted Walsh IRE

As de Mee (FR)

10

The Stewart Family & Judi Dench

Paul Nicholls 

Aso (FR)

10

The Bellamy Partnership

Venetia Williams 

Atlanta Ablaze

9

The Last Man Standing

Henry Daly 

Ballyoptic (IRE)

10

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Beware The Bear (IRE)

10

G B Barlow

Nicky Henderson 

Borice (FR)

9

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

Bristol de Mai (FR)

9

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Burrows Saint (FR)

7

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

Cabaret Queen

8

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Willie Mullins IRE

Cadmium (FR)

8

In Our Element Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

Champagne Classic (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Chef des Obeaux (FR)

8

Sullivan Bloodstock Limited

Willie Mullins IRE

Chris's Dream (IRE)

8

Robcour

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Class Conti (FR)

8

P Joubert

Willie Mullins IRE

Cogry

11

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Crievehill (IRE)

8

Highclere T'Bred Racing- Crievehill

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Dalko Moriviere (FR)

7

Ecurie Sagara

Jerome Larrigade FR

Dallas des Pictons (FR)

7

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Death Duty (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Definitly Red (IRE)

11

Phil & Julie Martin

Brian Ellison 

Delta Work (FR)

7

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Dingo Dollar (IRE)

8

M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright

Alan King 

Disco d'Authie (FR)

11

Mme Magalen Bryant

David Cottin FR 

Double Shuffle (IRE)

10

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George 

Dounikos (FR)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Dragon d'Estruval (FR)

7

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Elegant Escape (IRE)

8

J P Romans

Colin Tizzard 

Fingerontheswitch (IRE)

10

Cahill, Atwell & Crofts

Neil Mulholland 

Fitzhenry (IRE)

8

J P McManus

Paul Nolan IRE

Flying Angel (IRE)

9

R J Rexton

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

General Principle (IRE)

11

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Give Me A Copper (IRE)

10

Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood

Paul Nicholls 

Heron Heights (IRE)

11

Barry Maloney

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Hogan's Height (IRE)

9

Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height

Jamie Snowden 

Jett (IRE)

9

G M McGrath

Jessica Harrington IRE

Joe Farrell (IRE)

11

M Sherwood, N Morris & J Turner

Rebecca Curtis 

Jury Duty (IRE)

9

Sideways Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

Kildisart (IRE)

8

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Ben Pauling 

Kilfilum Cross (IRE)

9

Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons

Henry Oliver 

Kimberlite Candy (IRE)

8

J P McManus

Tom Lacey 

Lake View Lad (IRE)

10

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander 

Le Breuil (FR)

8

Mrs Emma Palmer

Ben Pauling 

Lord du Mesnil (FR)

7

Paul Porter

Richard Hobson 

Magic of Light (IRE)

9

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

Mall Dini (IRE)

10

Philip J Reynolds

Patrick Kelly IRE

Missed Approach (IRE)

10

Alan & Andrew Turner

Warren Greatrex 

Mister Whitaker (IRE)

8

Tim Radford

Mick Channon 

Monbeg Notorious (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Moonshine Bay (IRE)

7

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

Native River (IRE)

10

Brocade Racing

Colin Tizzard 

Noble Endeavor (IRE)

11

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

Now McGinty (IRE)

9

The Garratt Family

Stuart Edmunds 

Ok Corral (IRE)

10

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson 

One For Arthur (IRE)

11

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell 

Out Sam

11

D Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

Outlander (IRE)

12

GOWING'S ELEVEN

Richard Spencer 

Peregrine Run (IRE)

10

V Byrne

Peter Fahey IRE

Pleasant Company (IRE)

12

Malcolm Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

Poker Party (FR)

8

Robcour

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Potters Corner (IRE)

10

All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies

Christian Williams 

Prince of Scars (IRE)

10

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

Princeton Royale (IRE)

11

D Nott, P Beadles, R Clarke

Neil King 

Ramses de Teillee (FR)

8

John White & Anne Underhill

David Pipe 

Rathlin Rose (IRE)

12

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe 

Ravenhill (IRE)

10

Try Ravenhill Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

Regal Encore (IRE)

12

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball 

Roaring Bull (IRE)

7

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Romain de Senam (FR)

8

Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald

Paul Nicholls 

Saint Xavier (FR)

8

David Maxwell Racing Limited

Paul Nicholls 

Scoir Mear (IRE)

10

J P McManus

Tom Mullins IRE 

Shattered Love (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Singlefarmpayment

10

N T Griffith & H M Haddock

Tom George 

Sizing John

10

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

Snugsborough Benny (IRE)

10

R Loughnane

Liam Cusack IRE 

Soupy Soups (IRE)

9

Equi ex Incertis Partners

Neil Mulholland 

Spider Web (IRE)

9

J P McManus

Tom Mullins IRE 

Steely Addition (IRE)

8

Step By Step

Philip Hobbs 

Sub Lieutenant (IRE)

11

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Takingrisks (IRE)

11

Frank Bird

Nicky Richards 

Talkischeap (IRE)

8

Charles Dingwall

Alan King 

The Hollow Ginge (IRE)

7

The Ginge Army

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

The Storyteller (IRE)

9

Mrs Pat Sloan

Gordon Elliott IRE

The Young Master

11

Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters

Neil Mulholland 

Tiger Roll (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

8

Harbour Rose Partnership

Philip Kirby 

Total Recall (IRE)

11

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

Tout Est Permis (FR)

7

Gigginstown House Stud

Noel Meade IRE

Townshend (GER)

9

J D Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Traffic Fluide (FR)

10

Galloping On The South Downs Partnership

Gary Moore 

Valtor (FR)

11

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Vieux Lion Rouge (FR)

11

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe 

Vintage Clouds (IRE)

10

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith 

Voix du Reve (FR)

8

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

Walk In The Mill (FR)

10

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford 

Warriors Tale

11

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

Yala Enki (FR)

10

Hills of Ledbury Ltd

Paul Nicholls 

Yorkhill (IRE)

10

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

 

105 entries

45 Irish-trained

2 French-trained

Breakdown of entries by trainer with past successes in the Randox Health Grand National

18 entries

Gordon Elliott IRE (2007 Silver Birch, 2018 & 2019 Tiger Roll)

Alpha des Obeaux      

Borice 

Champagne Classic

Dallas des Pictons

Death Duty

Delta Work 

Dounikos

General Principle 

Jury Duty 

Monbeg Notorious 

Noble Endeavor 

Out Sam

Prince of Scars 

Ravenhill 

Roaring Bull 

Shattered Love

The Storyteller

Tiger Roll

10 entries

Willie Mullins IRE (2005 Hedgehunter)

Acapella Bourgeois 

Burrows Saint

Cabaret Queen

Cadmium 

Chef des Obeaux 

Class Conti

Pleasant Company 

Total Recall 

Voix du Reve 

Yorkhill 

7 Entries

Nigel Twiston-Davies (1998 Earth Summit, 2002 Bindaree)

Bristol de Mai 

Ballyoptic

Cogry

Crievehill 

Flying Angel

The Hollow Ginge 

Townshend 

6 Entries

Paul Nicholls (2012 Neptune Collonges)

As de Mee

Give Me A Copper 

Romain de Senam 

Saint Xavier

Warriors Tale

Yala Enki

4 Entries

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Chris's Dream

Heron Heights

Poker Party 

Sub Lieutenant 

Jessica Harrington IRE

Jett 

Moonshine Bay

Magic of Light

Sizing John

Nicky Henderson

Beware The Bear

Dragon d'Estruval 

Ok Corral

Valtor  

3 Entries

Tom George

Activial 

Double Shuffle 

Singlefarmpayment 

Neil Mulholland

Fingerontheswitch 

Soupy Soups

The Young Master

David Pipe (2008 Comply Or Die)

Ramses de Teillee 

Rathlin Rose

Vieux Lion Rouge 

2 Entries

Alan King

Dingo Dollar

Talkischeap

Gary Moore

A Toi Phil 

Traffic Fluide

Tom Mullins IRE

Scoir Mear 

Spider Web 

Ben Pauling                     

Kildisart

Le Breuil

Colin Tizzard

Elegant Escape

Native River

1 Entry

Nick Alexander 

Lake View Lad 

Mick Channon 

Mister Whitaker 

David Cottin FR

Disco d'Authie

Rebecca Curtis

Joe Farrell 

Liam Cusack IRE

Snugsborough Benny 

Henry Daly 

Atlanta Ablaze

Stuart Edmunds

Now McGinty 

Brian Ellison 

Definitly Red

Peter Fahey

Peregrine Run

Harry Fry        

Acting Lass

Warren Greatrex

Missed Approach

Philip Hobbs

Steely Addition

Richard Hobson

Lord du Mesnil

Anthony Honeyball 

Regal Encore

Patrick Kelly IRE

Mall Dini

Neil King

Princeton Royale

Philip Kirby

Top Ville Ben

Tom Lacey

Kimberlite Candy

Jerome Larrigade FR

Dalko Moriviere

Tony Martin IRE

Anibale Fly

Graeme McPherson 

Ami Desbois

Noel Meade IRE

Tout Est Permis

Paul Nolan 

Fitzhenry  

Henry Oliver

Kilfilum Cross

Nicky Richards 

Takingrisks 

Lucinda Russell (2017 One For Arthur)

One For Arthur

Sue Smith (2013 Auroras Encore)

Vintage Clouds

Jamie Snowden 

Hogan's Height

Richard Spencer

Outlander

Robert Walford

Walk In The Mill

Ted Walsh IRE (2000 Papillon)

Any Second Now

Venetia Williams (2009 Mon Mome)

Aso 

Christian Williams 

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